Austrian man ‘stuck two pig heads on an Islamic centre and mosque and smeared the minaret with blood’
- A 46-year-old man was arrested in connection with the gruesome attack
- Members of the Graz Islamic Centre left an event to find the pig heads
- The man is allegedly a right-wing extremist known to Austrian authorities
- Six pig heads were put at same sight during construction in 2012
An Austrian man has been arrested after allegedly putting two bloody pig heads on a fence at an Islamic centre and smearing blood across the walls of its new mosque.
The 46-year-old, who is known by Austrian police as a right-wing extremist, arrived at the mosque being built in the southern city of Graz on Thursday night allegedly carrying two pigs heads, police said.
The gruesome act was discovered by members of the Graz Islamic Centre only when they left the building at around 11pm that night.
‘They were sitting in the clubhouse watching football and so hadn’t noticed what was going on outside,’ spokesman for the centre Aldin Bektas told the Krone.
‘When the left the building, the police were there, as a passer-by had informed then.’
‘This attack is not only an attack against our mosque but more than that is an attack on an entire religious community, its followers and freedom of religion,’ the centre then said on Facebook.
The statement added that they would like to thank the quick action of the Austrian police, who arrived quickly to find the two heads hanging on wire fencing.
‘He put the pig heads on the construction site and smeared the minaret with blood,’ police spokesman Leo Josephus said.
Officers arrested a man at the scene, who has been
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